England v New Zealand to be shown live on BBC

The BBC has confirmed that it will provide full live coverage of England’s three-match Test series against New Zealand in November.

The series, which features an historic match at the Olympic Stadium in London, will be the first time the two nations have played on English soil since the 2013 Rugby League World Cup semi-final at Wembley Stadium, when the Kiwis completed a memorable last-minute victory.

The KC Stadium in Hull will host the opening game on Sunday, November 1, live on BBC Two, as England look to get the series off to the perfect start.

On Saturday, November 7, history will be made as the two teams play the first ever Rugby League game at Olympic Stadium, with live coverage on BBC One.

The final game of the series at DW Stadium in Wigan will also be live on BBC One, in what could be the series decider.

New Zealand go into the series as the world’s No 1 ranked nation following their Anzac Day Test victory over Australia earlier this year and three epic internationals are guaranteed.

England’s autumn series against New Zealand was arranged following the collapse of the proposed Great Britain Lions tour to Australia.

It means fans will have the opportunity to witness history when the Olympic Stadium in London hosts its first rugby league match on Saturday, 7 November.

The teams last faced each other in November 2014 in Dunedin when a narrow 16-14 victory for the Kiwis saw them book their place in the final of the Four Nations and left England all but out of the tournament.

Twelve months previously England had suffered a two-point last-minute defeat in the 2013 World Cup semi-final at Wembley.

England last beat New Zealand in November 2011 when they ran in four tries against the defending champions in a Four Nations clash at the KC Stadium.

The deal for the three-match Test series was negotiated with the RFL and adds to the BBC’s portfolio of rugby league coverage, which includes live Challenge Cup games, Super League highlights, Four Nations 2016 and Rugby League World Cup 2017.


 England v New Zealand
 1st Test – KC Stadium, Hull
 England v New Zealand
 2nd Test – The Stadium, London
 England v New Zealand
 3rd Test – DW Stadium, Wigan